Batteries are the most valuable part of an electric car – and one of the major weak points. One of the first Tesla employees has founded a new company that seeks to change that – and it is making German car manufacturers sit up and listen.
He Was Employee Number 7 At Tesla And Now Has Built A $1 Billion Business That Makes Your Phone Or Car Run Longer. – Forbes
Gene Berdichevsky was one of the early team members at Tesla. Now he’s building his own unicorn startup, Sila Nanotechnologies, which is valued at over $1 billion. One which looks like it will fuel every way you travel from the road to being in the air.
Watt It Takes: Creating a Battery Unicorn by Learning From Previous Cleantech Busts – GreenTech Media
Sila Nanotechnologies CEO Gene Berdichevsky on the long path to creating a better lithium-ion battery.
The Sunday Times tech correspondent brings on Gene Berdichekvsy, founder of Sila Nanotechnologies, to talk about being the seventh employee at Tesla, making the Roadster’s lithium battery, developing the first new battery technology in 30 years.
Since its foundation in 2011, Sila Nanotechnologies has been developing silicon-based materials to power a new era of lithium-ion batteries. We interviewed Gene Berdichevsky, co-founder and CEO, to find out more.
Germany’s Daimler AG led a $170 million funding round on April 16 for Silicon Valley startup Sila Nanotechnologies, which has developed a silicon-based substitute for the graphite in lithium-ion batteries that the company says will improve their energy capacity by 20%. The materials that Sila is developing will give Daimler’s commitment to electrification a significant boost, since Mercedes-Benz, which it owns, has plans to electrify its whole product suite by 2022.
Sila Nanotechnologies just won another $170 million of venture and corporate funding to develop advanced battery materials that improve power performance of electric vehicles and consumer electronics.
Sila Nano’s battery tech is now worth over $1 billion with Daimler partnership and $170 million investment – Tech Crunch
The company, which announced a $170 million funding led by Daimler and a partnership with the famed German automaker, started building out its first production lines for its battery materials last year. That first line is capable of producing the material to supply the equivalent of 50 megawatts of lithium-ion batteries, according to Sila Nano’s chief executive officer Gene Berdichevsky.